Friday, October 14, 2005

Just say no

Or, if you're David Cameron, when asked "have you ever taken hard drugs?", refuse to answer one way or the other.

This is a particularly petty witch-hunt isn't it? Who cares if he has or not? What difference does it make right now whether he smoked cannabis or snorted cocaine once, twice or even a dozen times in his younger years? I hope he did. I wish we lived in a political culture sophisticated enough to accommodate the fact that, like many millions of other citizens of the UK, he may have used recreational drugs, quite possibly enjoyed them, and is still a normal person as a consequence. It doesn't make him any less fit to stand for office, and it's of no consequence to me one way or the other.

It's a shame that he can't just release a statement along the lines of "In my youth, like many people in this country, I used some drugs on a recreational basis. Whilst it was fun at the time, it was a long time ago and bears no relevance to my life anymore. Now that we've got that cleared up, please can we move onto the real issues at stake here?" Just release that and kill the issue cold. Perhaps then we could finally engage in an intelligent conversation and free debate about drugs that doesn't immediately degenerate into a cacophony of hypocritical bluster at the very mention of the word.

But, of course, he can't do this. It would be suicide for his political ambitions, and the other three candidates are revelling in the fact that they can state unequivocally that they have never touched an illegal substance in their life (although Ken Clarke is an ambassador for BAT - what's worse?).

And who's behind this dirt digging anyway? Why, none other than our friends at Associated Newspapers. Of course, tabloid journalists! Those clean living, teetotal paragons of virtue! The sheer hypocrisy of it all makes me retch.

Four years ago, the Conservatives were unable to support a candidate who admitted to a homosexual encounter in his university days, so ended up with the unelectable Iain Duncan Smith instead. Now it looks like they may ditch one because of alleged drug use in his youth. And so beats the dark heart of the Tories. Congratulations - you're setting yourself up for the unelectable David Davis or, even worse, Liam Fox. What's that popping sound? That would be Gordon Brown opening the champagne.

8 comments:

Hobbzee said...

Couldn’t agree more. It is total hypocrisy by the tabloid, or rather, gutter press journalists and I was amused to read that after the Kate Moss-snort gate incident that Robbie Williams (never been a fan btw) said that he'd actually snorted cocaine on a number of occasions with the same journalists who were vilifying Kate Moss for her exploits. The other thing about this whole affair is that once again the Tory party has shown itself to be its own worst enemy. As Sane point out, this is potentially their most promising candidate for leadership in years and certainly the one most likely to get them re-elected. If only they weren’t so bl**dy conservative (!) in their stance on drug taking and homosexuality then they’d perhaps have a chance of taking power. What a farce!

Citizen Sane said...

Indeed. It's a good job Boy George isn't standing for leader isn't it?

But yes, I'd find the Conservatives much less distasteful if only they weren't so, so . . . conservative!

Still, speaking as an impartial observer, it's a great spectator sport. This is how I like my politicians: grilled on a spit like corpulent swine.

P.S. Re: Robbie Williams. Never been a fan, my arse! You love him! Nearly as much as you love Will Young!

Anonymous said...

If the Tories make the same mistake as they did in 2001 - passing over the best candidate because of encounters in his University days - then they do not deserve to be in power for a much, much longer period of time.

(Incidentally, remember who was behind the campaign against Portillo in 2001? Yep, the Daily cunting Mail again!)

Laura said...

Superb last line!

tafka PP said...

I particularly love your description of those upholders of tabloid "journalism".

Bless you, Liberal Elite. From the second I saw this reported on Sky, I just knew that this post would be waiting for me when I got to work today...

Hobbzee said...

Well, there might be an interesting turn to this tale – it seems that Cameron’s refusal to be drawn on the drugs question could mean that rather than toppling him it might instead go in his favour. He could end up being the ‘hip’ Tory leader-in-waiting that they so desperately need if he weathers this storm…. Not that it would end the party in-fighting if he did but for those of us on the sidelines this could turn in to quite an amusing bun-fight to watch. The old party establishment vs. Cameron and his ‘Notting Hill’ set etc…the dinner party-coke-snorters vs. the cigar smoking whiskey drinkers. Bring it on!

Citizen Sane said...

According to the Telegraph today, Clarke has conceded that he is too old to be party leader but would be happy to take a shadow cabinet post under Cameron. This would be that fabled "dream ticket" then. He's odds on to drop out today. Well, that was a complete waste of time then.

Nice picture BTW. Have you had your hair done?

Hobbzee said...

Yes I had a shampoo and set earlier actually. A shame the black and white photo does no justice to the loveliness of my purple tint. I am gutted that everyone seems to have thoughgt I'd died some years ago! But oh no. I am pleased to say I am alive and well and living on the borders of Moss side. (Still keeping it real).